A Letter from Rev. Dr. Christine

Dear Friends,

As you all know, we’ve had to close our church due to the requirements of social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak.  According to my husband, James, the last time churches were required to be closed was during the flu epidemic of 1919.


As this point, we’re not sure when we’ll be able to meet face to face but rest assured that we will keep in touch by phone, email, the website and Facebook.


If you are on Facebook, please LIKE our page Bethel-St. Andrew’s United Church.  It’s an easy way to get info out quickly. This Sunday, the Rev. James Murray will be leading a service on Facebook Live on the Trinity-St. Andrew’s United Church page.  Again, please LIKE their page and you’ll be able to access it directly. For others, here is the link:



Our elders are doing phone check-ins to those on their lists.  If you have any requests or need assistance, please speak to your elder or contact me at 613-889-5046, or by email at minister@bethelstandrews.com.


As we spend more time in self-isolation, the need for community assistance may grow.  Our Ecumenical Disaster Planning Committee is getting ready to respond to any need that arises.  We are setting up the following teams:


  1. Food — We are seeking people who would be willing to provide food to anyone who needs it or to deliver groceries.
  2. Fuel — If persons in isolation need fuel for their car or home, we need volunteers who can assist in this area.
  3. Personal Support — This includes laundry, emergency home maintenance, drives to doctor appointments, picking up medications, etc.


If you would be willing to volunteer for one of these teams, please contact Walter Veenstra at 613-623-5611 or email him at wallyvee8@gmail.com.


The WOCRC is also closed although Heidi Wieler can be contacted if you have questions or need assistance at 613-591-3686 ext. 327.


If you hear of a need in the community, please encourage them to reach out to us or the WOCRC.  I’m available by phone and email and am willing to do visits if necessary.


By working together, we can do our part to slow the spread of the corona virus. May God richly bless you during this time and give you the courage to help your neighbour when needed.


In the love and friendship of Christ,


Rev. Dr. Christine Johnson


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